Paul Bowen is the 2016-2017 Immediate Past President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.
Paul is currently the Director, Environmental Sustainability for The Coca-Cola Company. In this role he leads a multidisciplinary program that reaches across the Coca-Cola system. He is responsible for delivering on company commitments in water, energy, climate, and packaging recovery. His team helps embed environmental sustainability across all Coca-Cola System operations. He serves as a technical expert for developing water reuse with corporate quality standards and as a subject matter expert on water and wastewater treatment issues.
Prior to his position with The Coca-Cola Company, Paul was an assistant professor in the School of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma and Vice-President and Senior Staff Consultant for Metcalf & Eddy.
Paul received his B.S. in natural systems (chemistry and biology) from Mercer University (Macon, Ga.) in 1975, and his M.S. (1976) and Ph.D. (1982) in environmental systems engineering from Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.).
A WEF member since 1977, Paul has held multiple leadership and committee roles within WEF. He currently serves as the vice chair of the Committee Leadership Council. He has served on the Program Committee as both chair and vice chair as well as served as a member and chair of the Residuals & Biosolids Technical Symposium, Industrial Wastes Technical Symposium and the Research Symposia. Paul was also chair of the Committee Leadership Council’s Delivery Focus Group and a member of the Public Affairs & Communications and Industrial Wastes Committees. In addition, he has served as a literature review author for the Residuals & Biosolids and Industrial Wastes committees.
Also an active member of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP), Paul has served as a member and chair of GAWP’s Program Committee and a member of the Industrial Waste Committee. His other professional affiliations include: the American Water Works Association, the American Society Of Civil Engineers, the International Water Association, and the International Society of Beverage Technologists. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for WEF’s Charity of Choice, Water For People.